Learn How to Professionally Clean a Bathroom! When I ran my cleaning business, I actually preferred to clean the bathrooms. Crazy I know, who likes to clean bathrooms? Well, this girl does.
At first bathrooms were the one area that would take me the longest to clean. It was frustrating when the dust and hair would become wet and it would be impossible to get up. Gross. I hated the, what felt like hours, of scrubbing the shower and tub walls. I would go through so many towels with trying to dry up so that I would not leave behind water spots.
With practice and researching the best tools, I developed this professional cleaning system to help me improve how I cleaned bathrooms. When cleaning houses for a living, the more time you spend on a cleaning task the less you make. My goal was to clean in less time, but also maintain a high standard of quality.
That is when I developed my bathroom cleaning system. I was cleaning large master bathrooms in less than 30 minutes. And small bathrooms in 15 – 20 minutes. The best part was, I was still cleaning with a high level of detail that other companies were not.
How to Professionally Clean a Bathroom
Follow along with this process to learn how to professionally clean a bathroom for a FASTER and DEEPER clean! The purpose of this process is to teach you how to deep clean a bathroom in less time. You will let your cleaner work for you, not clean an area more than once, and minimize your steps so that you are cleaning efficiently and effectively every time.
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Start with the Right Tools
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1. Prep your Area’s:
Shake off all rugs.
Roll them up and set them right outside the door.
Start to the left of the door, run the long duster in the corners where the ceiling meets the wall, making your way around the bathroom. Catch any light fixtures, ceiling fans, exhaust fans and trim above door ways. If you have high cabinetry, this is the time to dust them as well. Set duster right outside of the door.
In my cleaning business I use a long duster similar to the one below. There are several attachments to clean tops of cabinets and air vents which is great for bathrooms where dust can be difficult to remove due to the high humidity.
It’s important to vacuum a bathroom before you start cleaning with wet cleaning. Water will inevitably make it to the floor during the cleaning process. This will make it impossible to vacuum up all the hair and debris that you just shook off from the rugs.
Use a vacuum that is made for hard floors. In my cleaning business I used a combo vacuum cleaner that vacuumed both carpet and hard floors. Read my article on choosing the Best Vacuum Cleaner.
Spray down ALL surfaces with your All Purpose Cleaner.
Make sure you spray all surfaces first, before any scrubbing. This is when your cleaner will work for you. Many cleaners require a few minutes time to penetrate surfaces. If you are scrubbing right after you spray, you will work twice as long and twice as hard!
Spray in the following order: Vanity and sink, Toilet (spray outside and inside), tub (if you have a separate tub), and finish with the shower/tub combo. This step is super important in your speed cleaning as most all cleaners require time to penetrate soap scum and build up. Always let your cleaner do the work for you!
Pro Tip: Make sure when spraying surfaces that you spray enough cleaner to soak surface. Again the goal is to make your cleaner work for you. If it is not given time to penetrate or there is not enough on the surfaces it can’t do its job!
Clean the vanity.
Using your detail brush, scrub along where the faucet meets the counter top and around the drain.
Wet rag with hot water and wipe down. Make sure the rag is not soaked, ring it out before wiping down surfaces. A soaked rag will leave water on surfaces which can leave water spots.
Wipe counter tops, faucet and then sink bowl finishing with a quick rinse of the sink. Rinse your rag, ring it well. You’ll want to wipe down the bottom of your mirror with your damp rag. The goal here is to wipe down all splatter marks.
Again make sure your rag is not soaked. Now with a dry cloth dry the mirror making your way all the way to the top of the mirror and back down moving in a side to side motion.
Clean the tub.
Use the detail brush around the faucet, drain, and any other hard to reach crevices. Place in apron. Wet towel with HOT water. Wipe the faucet and around the top of the tub making your way to the bottom, finishing with wiping the floor of the tub. Using HOT water and your small plastic cup rinse your tub.
Clean the toilet.
Wiping from the top of the toilet wipe down the back, and the top of the lid. Lift the lid, and wipe under, wipe down the toilet seat. Lift the seat and wipe the under the seat, and around the rim.
Getting a new towel, repeat from beginning to dry off the toilet. Once you have dried the rim, make your way down the toilet bowl wiping it down. Don’t forget the foot of the toilet. Set aside with dirty towels.
Take toilet bowl brush and start up under the rim of the toilet bowl making your way down to the bottom of the bowl. Flush toilet and put down lid, letting brush dry.
Clean the shower.
Fill plastic cup with HOT water. Dunk tile brush in water and start scrubbing tile. Always start from the top of the shower and make your way down. Move in a side to side motion and along grout lines. Keep brush wet with hot water and refill cup when needed.
When choosing a scrub brush for cleaning showers, I always opted for a utility brush like the one below. It cleans tougher and reaches hard to reach corners.
When finished with the walls use the tile brush on the shower floor. Start where the floor meets the floor and move tile brush along grout lines circling around shower. Rinse brush and grab a clean rag.
Wet your rag with HOT water and wipe down any glass walls and doors. If you have a shower door be sure to run the detail brush along the track of the door. If you have a removable shower head, turn water on HOT and rinse shower. Always start from the top of the shower and rinse down and into the drain.
Once shower is rinsed down, take a squeegee and wipe down excess water off the walls and floors pushing it down the drain.
3. Buffing and Shine Surfaces
Dry the Vanity and Mirror.
Using clean microfiber cloths start at the vanity, dry off all water still standing and buff out all chrome. Using cloth dust/wipe down sides of the vanity (or sink if you just have a pedestal sink).
When drying mirrors and finishes in the bathroom, it is important to use a high quality microfiber cloth. Cheaper clothes will leave lent behind or streaks. This will not leave a clean finish. I purchased my cloths in bulk from MicrofiberWholesale.com
Dry the tub.
Wipe and dry surface buffing and shinning chrome. If you have a ledge around your tub, this is a good time to dust it and any decorations, wall hangings etc.
Dry the Shower.
Using a dry clean towel dry any remaining water in shower. Buff out glass and chrome to shine.
Mop the Floor.
Finish cleaning your bathroom with mopping yourself out of the room. Getting on your hands and knees, using your damp microfiber cloths you used to dry surfaces wipe floor clean. Wipe baseboards as you move along the room.
Now step back and look at your work!
Use these steps to practice how to professionally clean a bathroom efficiently and effectively every time. If you use your cleaners right, use the right tools you’ll spend less time and less elbow grease getting your bathrooms shinny every time!
Next time you clean your bathroom set a timer and follow my steps. Comment below to let me know how you did!
Here is a quick summary of How to Professionally Clean a Bathroom:
- Prep the area for Cleaning
- Scrub Surfaces
- Buff and Shine Surfaces
- Mop the Floors
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